Future CPU for Gaming - Advice

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Hello everyone,

Currently saving for a CPU + Motherboard, need some opinions on what to get.


I dont prefer any make, but I have the idea that AMD Am3+ socket will be more future proof than the 1155 socket.

Personally I´m thinking about either a Piledriver Fx 6100 equivelent or the best I3 Ivy bridge.




Details:

Purchase date - November/ December 2012
Budget - 200€ max (CPU + Motherboard)
Overclocking - Yes

Many thanks!
 

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Forgot to add,

Current System:

- Q6600 (B3)
- HAF 922
- Corsair H100
- Evga GTX560 Ti
- 8GB RAM
- Corsair 500W PSU
 

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with that in mind and you wanting to go cheap with OC then i would go for a AMD pile driver that is supposed to be released 3Q 2012. if not then i would go with a BD FX and windows 8 (also 3Q 2012)

intel are faster chips stock but are very limited in OC unless you go with a i5 K series which is very expensive just for the CPU. if your looking a future proofing then I3 will be useless very quick as alot of games like arma 3 that is about to be release requires quad core for decent gaming performance.
 
PD might use a different socket.

You really shouldn't need to upgrade a cpu until 2013, where you can see Haswell's performance. Right now that Q6600 should be good up until another year with a good 3ghz+ oc.
 

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from everything ive read and the new 1k chipsets (PD ready) from amd are going to be on AM3+. PD is BD with some fixes here and there.

http://www.techpowerup.com/154796/AMD-1090FX-and-1070-Chipsets-Disclosed-No-PCI-Express-3.0.html?cp=2

EDIT: there has been speculation about using FM2 socket but i doubt they will for the FX series but trinity (A Series) should be FM2

and i agree you dont really need to upgrade at the moment. but if you wait and save more you can get a good Quad core haswell which should be better than PD but how much is still speculation.

 

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Many thanks for the replies,

Well today my LGA775 motherboard stoped working, took it to a PC shop, and nothing to do but buy a new one, so I guess I´ll have to make a decision, wait for piledriver and not use the desktop until 3Q 2012, buy Bulldozer, or a cheap Sandy Bridge I3 one that supports overclock ...

Any advice?

 
Sandy Bridge Core i3 CPUs do not support overclocking. You'll need to buy a Core i5-2500k, i5-2550k, i7-2600k or i7-2700k if you want to do any overclocking.

Piledriver will likey be socket AM3+. Not sure if Steamroller will still support that socket though. However, even if Piledriver manages to be 10% - 15% faster than Bulldozer, it's performance will be comparable to Intel 1st generation of Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs. That means it will be around 10% slower than Sandy Bridge CPUs and around 14% slower than Ivy Bridge CPUs.
 

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Well just got a cheap, Asus P5G41T-M LX3 Motherboard, will get my Q6600 to 2,9 Ghz to keep it running until Piledriver comes out.

jaguarskx, read your post and searched for the i5-2500k, and although I only had intel until now, the 2500k is the same price as the fx 8150, which is a lot more than I need, so if piledriver is 10%-15% faster than bulldozer and not a lot pricier, will go AMD and overclock.

Many thanks everyone for the replies!